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News number: 9203181386

15:19 | 2013-06-11

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Belgian Militant Killed in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- A young Belgian militant was killed in Syria while fighting for foreign backed terrorist groups and his brother was arrested, newspapers said.



Belgian authorities have become increasingly concerned about a growing number of young men leaving to fight in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad government.

Tarik Taketloune, 20, was shot in the head and killed on Friday in a house near Aleppo, the Flemish newspaper Het Nieuwsbald said.

Taketloune's older brother Elias, 23, was arrested on his return to Belgium on June 3 and has been detained on suspicion of terrorist activities.

Taketloune is the third Belgian killed while cooperating with militant groups fighting in Syria, while there are unconfirmed reports of a fourth death, Alalam reported.

Separately the leader of the Belgian terrorists in Syria, named as Elouassaki, said in a conversation recorded by police that he had slit the throat of a Syrian soldier, according to the reports.

He may also be among a group of men speaking in Flemish and French who feature in a recent video of a man being decapitated with a knife, the newspapers said.

Europe has seen a rise in the number of its citizens entering Syria.

On April 24, EU's anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove told the British media that some 500 Europeans were in Syria to fight against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Kerchove said Britain, Ireland and France were among the EU countries to have the highest numbers of militants in Syria.